In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic. But Miles also has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death.
Winterfair Gifts offers another of Bujold's witty, character-centered science-fiction plots with a twist of romance.
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©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction." (School Library Journal)
At just over 2 hours this was a quick listen but as an avid reader of the Vorkosigan saga it was well worth the money. Unlike any of the other stories, this one is told from the perspective of a Vorkosigan armsman, so while the normal big players are still present, they are somewhat reduced. this allows for the little things in their lives to take center stage.
a word of warning, if you have not read many of the books it may be best to hold off. I found this story to be so good because of the many in jokes and back story.
I love to re-read books with audible.
Another great novella that reveals stunning characters and themes from Bujold! This one focuses on Tara and Guardsman Roic. Deep, touching and fun.
This little romp in the Vorkosigan universe is just plain fun. It might not be the place to start if you are unfamiliar, but it I really enjoyed getting the perspective of some normally "supporting cast" characters.
Seeing Taura again and the courage she shows. Watching Roic growing.
Grover Gardner is a top notch reader who gives life to his characters.
I laugh at the description of the garden supplement and the reactions of the characters.
Others have said: "The serie is character driven..." It's true but more than that the people,under Ms Bujold's pen,are individuals you can relate to. They are a mirror of our society. Including Taura.
Although winterfair gifts is a short story about wedding, it is worth the listen as all of Admiral Nesmith's and Mile's friends and family come to celebrate with him.
laugh out loud
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This might be the most tender of the Vorkosigan canon. Tarrin is an amazing character and this deals with the very different limits of her life and what that means to everyone around her. Most of Lois' work is deeply funny. There's humor here, and completion, but a deeper sorrow than in most of her work. But don't not read it for that. You do want to read it.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
A Miles story where Miles is almost an incidental character. Taura finally gets another story story (after her introduction in Boarders of Infinity) and we see how her character has grown and aged.
If you are new to the Vorkosigan Series do not start here. This is a light and insubstantial treat which fills in an important peice of Miles' story. Both amusing and moving. Enjoy.
avid audible fan for many years now
I had read the whole series of Miles Vorkosigan Novels, but not this one. I felt it maybe too short to tell a decent story. I was wrong. It worked very well as it filled in some gaps in the whole adventure.
Lois is a such a fantastic writer, filling each story, each chapter with so much detail. All this detail has relevance thats what amazes me.
The sad part is I have read the whole series now and I want more.
And I take my hat off the Grover Gardner also , the narrator , he helps make the characters very real.
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